With just about every interview one does, some material doesn’t make it into the published story. Sometimes that material is too good to not be read by people other than the interviewer. Such is the case with the interview I conducted with Faust bassist Jean-Hervé Péron. As with this piece in The Stranger's print edition, I’m keeping Péron’s quirky punctuation and caps-locked responses as is, for maximum Faustness.
The Stranger: Do you follow new music?
Jean-Hervé Péron: WE LISTEN TO ALL KINDS OF MUSIC WITHOUT CONSCIOUS PURPOSES.
Have you heard "Brittle Head Girl" by Loop? It sounds like a homage/rip-off of "Jennifer."
I MUCH PREFER THE TERM "HOMAGE":::I DON’T THINK THE PEOPLE WANT TO RIP-OFF ANYTHING::: SORRY. NO; NEVER HEARD OF LOOP :(
Do most people know who you are or are you obscure?
WE HAVE GAINED A SMALL POPULARITY AND I AM SURPRISED TO THE REACTION OF MANY YOUNG PEOPLE BEING AWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF FAUST:: WE ALSO HAVE VERY VERY DEDICATED AND TRUE FAUST FANS.
Do you play large venues in your home territory?
800-PEOPLE VENUES IS THE AVERAGE:::
What was it like working with [minimalist composer/violinist] Tony Conrad?
A UNIQUE AND PRIVILEGED EXPERIENCE:
Did you learn any important things during that Outside the Dream Syndicate collaboration?
WE LEARNED ALL ABOUT PATIENCE
Did working with [avant-hiphop group] Dälek on Derbe Respect, Alder change the way you approached or made music?
THE INSTANT SITUATION IS RELEVANT:::SO ANYONE AND ANYTHING WILL CHANGE OUR WAY TO APPROACH ART::AT ANY TIME.
Whose hand is on the cover of the first Faust LP?
ANDY HERTEL::::: A FILMMAKER BASED IN HAMBURG AT THE TIME AND A BEAUTIFULLY CRAZY DESIGNER AS WELL:::